Formal Essay: Definition & Examples


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What is expository writing?

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1. In general, how many paragraphs is a formal essay?

2. What is a thesis statement?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Formal essays are relatively objective and usually written with the intention to inform or persuade a reader. These practice questions will quiz you on your knowledge of formal essay structure, types of formal essays, and the qualities that make a formal essay effective and complete.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your understanding of:

  • Expository writing
  • Number of paragraphs in a formal essay
  • Thesis statement
  • The sort of topic that works best for an argument essay

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason for body paragraphs
  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on formal essays
  • Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as thesis statement and expository writing

Additional Learning

You can get a better understanding of formal essays by reviewing the related lesson called Formal Essays: Definition & Examples. These objectives are addressed:

  • Differentiate between formal essays and more informal work, such as personal essays and narrative essays
  • Understand key structural elements of formal essays
  • Differentiate between various kinds of formal essays, including the exemplification essay and the compare and contrast essay
  • Define topic sentence, concluding sentence, and conclusion